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Stone Temple Pilots Frontman Chester Bennington: “Linkin Park Comes First”

Written by Greg Moskovitch on October 13, 2013

Linkin Park and newly Stone Temple Pilots frontman Chester Bennington has reassured fans of his Linkin Park output that the band responsible for his rise to stardom remains his priority. Bennington replaced former STP frontman Scott Weiland in May of this year.

Speaking to The Pulse Of Radio, Bennington explained that he has the next few years of his career mapped out, and that his bandmates in Stone Temple Pilots understand his commitment to his flagship project, saying:

“I know my schedule, I’m booked through, like, 2015. I pretty much know what my life is gonna be like for the next three, and probably four years. There’s a benefit to that, which is I know hypothetically where I’m gonna have time to work with STP.

“But, you know, when I came on board, you know, we all understood very clearly that Linkin Park will always remain that priority for me.”

After evicting Weiland, STP were given a new lease on life with the addition of Bennington. The group is currently touring with Bennington out in front, on the strength of their new EP, High Rise. But the busy frontman says there won’t be a co-headline tour with the two acts.

“That’s a really great-sounding idea, for everybody that is not me,” Bennington recently told a Florida radio station. “Actually going out and performing an hour, an hour and a half with [STP] and then an hour and a half to two hours with Linkin Park…I would be able to do that once and then die.”

“It would be like the life expectancy of a fly,” added Bennington. Though he didn’t completely rule out the possibility of a collaboration, saying “I think that there may be sometime in the future where we get up and do something together at some point for fun.”

(Via Metal Hammer)

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